Shutters in major markets of Delhi were downed on Thursday in a show of solidarity for the ongoing protest against corruption.
On Wednesday, the Confederation of All India Traders had decided to observe a day long bandh to extend their support to Hazare's fight against corruption.
While major markets in the Capital like Connaught Place, Janpath, Tibetan Market, Greater Kailash 1 and 2, Chandni Chowk, Chawri Bazaar and Sadar Bazaar observed a complete shut on Thursday, other markets like Lajpat Nagar, South Extension 1, Khan Market, Laxmi Nagar, Karol Bagh and Palika Bazaar decided to open the shops.
Atul Bhargava, president of New Delhi Traders Association, claimed that the bandh was 100% successful in Connaught Place and other markets of New Delhi.
"Anna's fight for corruption has struck chord with the people from all walks of life. To support his fight for an effective Lokpal Bill, we decided to observe a day long bandh. We requested all shopkeepers to participate and the bandh was successful in all major markets," said Bhargava.
All wholesale commodity markets in Delhi also remained closed on Thursday to join Team Anna in their cause. The shutdown was announced by leaders of the Delhi Traders Association at Ramlila Maidan, where Hazare is on an indefinite fast, demanding an effective Lokpal Bill.
Major wholesale hubs of the Capital, Chandni Chowk and Chawri Bazaar, were completely shut on Thursday.
"Entire nation has come out to support Hazare. We have also contributed our bit. He is fighting for the people of the nation and we must join his crusade. To show solidarity with the movement, the traders of Chandni Chowk decided to keep their shops shut for a day. We might extend the bandh if Hazare's health deteriorates," said Sanjay Bhargava, general secretary, Chandni Chowk Sarv Vyapar Mandal.